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Pima County Courts Restrict Physical Access in Response to COVID-19

Posted by Dev Sethi | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 26, 2020, the Presiding Judge of the Pima County Superior Court, Kyle Bryson, signed an Administrative Order restricting physical access to the Pima County Superior Court.  You can read the full text of the Order here.

This is at least the third Order the Pima County Court has issued to address COVID-19, and it reflects an every changing state of affairs.  This order goes further than ever before in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  While the business of the courthouse will still go on, the majority of work will be done over the phone.  That said, I can confirm that long scheduled court events, such as telephonic status conferences, are being delayed to conserve resources.  I suspect that many court employees are working remotely, so the court's administrative office is forced to allocate staff to higher priority matters such as emergency hearings and criminal cases, which trigger constitutional and statutory rights that must be protected. This has pushed some telephonic hearings and appearances back, and in some cases taken them off the calendar without a firm resetting.  

The Order vests each judge with broad discretion, but in general directs that subject to specific exceptions, no in-person proceedings will occur in the Pima County Superior Court until April 17, 2020.  

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Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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